Traditionally child sexual abuse has been perceived as a male crime, however, recent research suggests that a significant minority of offenders are female. While recognizing the importance of male perpetrators, this groundbreaking book places the behavior of these offending women into social context, challenging conventional perceptions of female offenders, femininity, and mothering. Including case studies and responses from professionals in the field, this key text highlights the problems inherent in protecting children and identifies ways in which we can develop a clearer understanding of the social processes involved through an analysis of the denial and minimisation used by female perpetrators. It offers a critical understanding of the notions of harm, the rights of the child, and professional practice while defining some of the limitations and possibilities of a feminist analysis of child sexual abuse by women.
"Refreshing as both an academically thought-provoking work and a helpful practice guide. For anyone working in the area of child welfare…Highly recommended." -- D.A. Mathews, Choice
'…a good theoretical discussion about the phenomenon of female child sexual abuse…'
'Female child sexual abuse raises key ethical issues and this book succeeds in challenging professional complacency, denial and structural barriers to help social workers better understand and intervene more effectively in this complex area.'
-Steven Walker, Anglia Ruskin University in Ethics and Social Welfare, vol 5 no 1
1. Introduction 2. Putting Child Sexual Abuse into Context 3. The Professionals 4. The Child Victim 5. The Female Offender 6. The Last Word